August 11, 2016 by 6 Comments

One of the most stressful parts of buying a new home is the move-in. If you’re not careful, it can make getting a mortgage look like the easy part. There are two ways to go about moving into a new place. You can either hire a moving company, or do it yourself.

Both options have pros and cons, and depending on your situation, there is a better choice for you. Use these few factors when making the choice between having someone move your stuff for you and doing it on your own.

1. Distance

One of the biggest factors when deciding if you want to take on moving yourself is how far you are going. If you are just moving to the other side of town, it is probably worth it to try moving yourself. You can rent a U Haul and make multiple trips. Multiple trips means that you don’t have to cram everything in at once like a professional packer.

If you’re moving across the country, however, it is probably in your best interest to hire movers. If things are not packed correctly for a long drive, they can get seriously damaged. And if things break with a moving company, their insurance should cover it.

2. Price

Although the easiest answer might be to hire movers, it for sure is not the most cost effective. If you want someone to move you in from start to finish, it is going to cost you—a lot. Moving companies are not cheap, but renting a truck and buying boxes are, and may fall better in your price range.

However, there are options out there where you can have movers do some of the work. Many companies will do part of the job for a lot less money. Perhaps you pack everything up, and they just deliver everything to your house. There are many combinations for you to pick from to benefit you best.

3. Help

Another key factor to consider when deciding how to move is if you can get the help. Can you sucker a few friends and/or family members to help you move for a few days? Moving an entire house by yourself is an impossible task, so if you have no one who can help you out, hiring movers is probably the way to go for you.

4. Amount of Stuff

To see if it is worth paying for a moving company, ask yourself “how much stuff do I really have?” Are you moving out of a studio apartment or a four bedroom house? If you do not have too much stuff to move, there is no point wasting your money on a job that would only take you half a day.

However, if you are moving out of a large house with a lot of large objects and furniture, it is beneficial to spend the money for a mover. With large objects, you are also at greater risk to hurt yourself so let people who are professionals at lifting things take the weight.

5. Time

Moving is no quick task. It takes a lot of time, especially if you are moving a lot of stuff or far away. If you have a fulltime job, or a crazy life schedule, it may be hard to find the time to move yourself. This would be a good time to call a moving company. However, if you have a free weekend, or can afford to take a few days off of work, you could tackle this process by yourself.

However, don’t make the mistake of trying to cram moving into a small window of time. That’s how things become too stressful and mistakes get made.

Final Thoughts

When it comes from moving to your old house to a new one, use these tips to properly decide whether it is beneficial for you to do it all yourself or spend the money to hire a moving company. For more tips on the moving process, visit Top Moving Tips On How To Move Smoothly.

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  • I really think it is important to understand your situation before you make a choice for whether or not to hire a moving company. Do you have any other tips about moving? My family and I are thinking about moving soon. However, we have no idea, or time, to adequately plan such a task.

  •' lenny strin says:

    Your tips are good i think moving with helps movers is better than our self.

  •' Braden Bills says:

    I want to make sure that I handle my big move properly. It makes sense that I would want to factor in distance! That way I know what kind of moving services I should hire.

  •' John Mahoney says:

    I agree that hiring a moving company can help you get the extra help you need to have a smooth transition. It makes sense that taking your time to choose the company that offers you the best for a reasonable price can actually help you save. It’s important to remember to ask about insurance and any additional fees you might not know of.

  •' Leviticus says:

    Having moved across the country before, I found professional movers very helpful. It’s nice not having to worry about driving a big truck and avoiding all of the packing. My family has a lot of stuff (a little too much) so it’s nice not having to worry about it with a moving company.

  •' Baxter Abel says:

    I really appreciate what you said about taking distance into account when deciding what type of moving company to hire. I also really like what you said about taking the amount of stuff into account when you have to hire a moving company. I’ve also heard local moving companies offer cheaper rates than others, I’ll have to look into it though.

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